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Boat Bar, Seattle, WA

Boat Bar

4.7
4.7
288 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Brought to you by Renee Erickson and the Sea Creatures team, Boat Bar offers a casual, chic atmosphere next door to its companion restaurant - the award-winning Bateau. Chef Taylor Thornhill of Bateau presents a menu that focuses on oysters, seafood, and fresh, seasonal, small plates. Join us for Happy Hour from 5-6pm daily, when you can get $1 off all oysters, beer, glass pours of wine, house cocktails, and well spirits. Stop by on your way to Bateau or take in a full meal with us at the Boat Bar. We can't wait to host you! Until we meet at the table....

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, French, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (206) 900-8808

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Taylor Thornhill

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill / First Hill

  • Cross street

    11th Ave.

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Oyster Bar Reservation

    Multiple dates available
    As part of our dining room, our curve designed Oyster Bar seating features an up-close counter height viewing of our shuckers in action.
  • Dining Room Reservation

    Multiple dates available
    With daydreams of Normandy and Brittany's marine flavors in mind, our dining room evokes a bright and airy iteration of our favorite seafood focused French bistros.

What 288 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Seafood

  • Seattle

    Best Ambiance

  • Seattle

    Seafood

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  1. N

    Nathan

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Amazing oysters and cocktails! but the food was very bad. The shrimp was so fishy it obviously had gone bad (even the smell was too much) broccoli fired with a gas(butane?) torch that gave it a bad taste. Halibut fritters were ok but the sauce it came with was not good. Fries were great. Can’t imagine the chef was tasting their work this night.
  2. JF

    JoeFood

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    In a time of very rough restaurant reentry into the “normal world” of operation, this place absolutely nails the good and service. It was an outstanding meal with exceptional service. Came back the very next night!
  3. BV

    BeckyV

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary here for the first time in 2 years, only to be met with outstanding service and delicious food and drinks. An absolutely pleasure every time we visit, perfect spot to celebrate or just meet friends for dinner. The small plates make me so happy, trying a little of so many excellent dishes. One of our fav Seattle spots!!
  4. N

    Nicola

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lisa was exceptional, and we were impressed with the over service from the staff.
  5. D

    Dann

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Excellent service and ambiance. Food was just OK. Burger and fries were INCREDIBLE, and love that they don’t skimp you on the mayonnaise. Halibut fritters we’re good. Clam dip and steak tartar left much to be desired. Oysters were fresh but overpriced and the shucker that worked this shift left so many shell bits we were picking pieces out of our mouths with every bite. GM came by and made it right though so we were grateful for that. Overall, if I were to go back I would eat two burgers and an order of fries, extra Mayo and skip the rest of the menu.
  6. GG

    GradG

    Austin

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always great, wish more bateau steak options were available but that’s a lesson for next trip.
  7. RM

    RMannix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    I have always had good experiences with this family of restaurants but this time in particular the service was very disappointing. We had to repeatedly get the server’s attention even though it wasn’t busy, the server made two mistakes on our order, including bringing a second drink my friend did not order. She then still put the extra drink on our bill and was rude when we pointed this out. The first drink took about 20 minutes to arrive and we had to ask for a refill on water, etc. The oysters and wine were great, menu was awesome and ambiance was chill but the service was seriously lacking.
  8. RS

    RustyS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was awesome, great recommendations, everything was delicious.
  9. MH

    MelissaH

    Seattle

    24 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I can’t believe how disappointing Boat Bar was last night. We ordered 5 dishes and only liked 2 of them- the asparagus and the fries. The steak I ordered from Bateau was luke warm and lacked seasoning and flavor. The halibut entree my friend ordered was cooked terribly. Our waitress was bizarre as well. She was super awkward and we were constantly looking for her. Such a disappointment because the last 2 times I’ve come here it’s been wonderful.
  10. BI

    BrunaI

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Food was delicious but portion related to the price was disappointing. Did not expect to pay that price for a small dish.
  11. d

    diena5ty

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I decided to visit Boat Bar for our weekly date night and it was an incredible date. The food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and the ambiance was perfect. We had a great time and experience and highly recommend this place for a quiet and delicious date night.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was spot on!
  13. GG

    GiGi

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything ordered was very good.
  14. AT

    AndrewT

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the attention to detail is the aesthetic of the restaurant. All the food was fantastic. It’s definitely priced out for tapas and we ordered 5 items to feed 2 people.
  15. RM

    RobertM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great when it was Bar Melusine and it still rocks now as Boat Bar. Thanks you to all the staff for a lovely time!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a perfect place for a date. The vibe was warm and relaxed yet professional. Loved our servers. Cocktails were beautifully presented and they didn’t rush us, timing the delivery of our oysters just after we finished. If you are a scallops fan…get in there.
  17. r

    rcgh

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. The staff was knowledgeable and professional. We’ll be back.
  18. DC

    DianeC

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Boat Bar is perfection for drinks with friends or dinner. You get the best seafood and can even order steaks from Bateau!
  19. a

    alice

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious and pricey
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top-drawer service, recommendations, preparation, and presentation. Not my first time at Bar Melusine, but it was my first time in a Boat Bar booth. We are also patrons at Bateau, and all these restaurants are jewels in the community at large. Thank you so much for a memorable evening, Boat Bar staff!
  21. NH

    NicoleH

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spot prawns and burger were fabulous!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I arrived on time for my reservation to a half full restaurant. Host desired to seat us right next to the kitchen, worst table in the restaurant. Would have gladly ordered a feast, but service was snobby and mean. So I ate a few poorly seasoned overpriced apps and left.
  23. L

    Lexi

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious. Service is amazing. The dining room was too loud for my taste; not the restaurants fault. A table was too loud, that improved once the loud diners left. We will definitely return!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining on our anniversary. Food is the expected award winning level of excellence by Rene Erickson. Staff is very attentive and helpful.
  25. s

    smaragd

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently excellent food and service. It is always a pleasure to have dinner there. Keep it up!!!
  26. RB

    RobinB

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the oysters are exceptionally provisioned and prepared, usually three types the menu is eclectic and each dish is at its best and, there is the bread pudding
  27. AD

    AaronD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great!
  28. JR

    JasonR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, delicious drinks, great bartender!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really fantastic restaurant and access to all of bateau steaks. Top notch!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was surprised by their variety of food options. Their ambience and service were both lively and energetic. Great for a date night. Everything we had was very good… the steak tartare was too salty and could use more herbs and diced small veggies to make it more interesting. However the peanut oil ice cream was A++, maybe my favorite dessert of all time!
  31. SG

    SarahG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Good was amazing! Service is as super friendly, but SO SLOW! Would not deter me from coming again, but will be prepared to be there for over 2 hours.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best time celebrating our 5 year anniversary at Boat Bar. They wrote us a sign and brought us glasses of champagne. It was an amazing experience :)
  33. j

    jraaa

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and everything we tasted was delightful and perfectly cooked! Overall wonderful evening!
  34. JA

    JulieA

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just plain excellent. Haven’t met a Renee Erickson restaurant I haven’t loved. Fantastic friendly and easy- going service, lovely low lighting and cozy decor, delicious cocktails, and incredible food. Some highlights were the broccoli starter, steak tartar, clam croquettes and bread pudding, which was to die for. I always make a point to come here on my frequent Seattle visits.
  35. L

    Lava

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Big disappointment: foods were average at best. Burger was bad, very salty, tartare had no flavor, shrimp chips & mussels were just weird (flavors did not mix well). Our server was cold & unfriendly.
  36. V

    Vivian

    Seattle

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely experience overall - our server was so sweet and attentive and helped us navigate the menu for my partner who has some food sensitivities. Food highlights include the allium dip and caviar, scallop cru, the NY steak from Bateau, and the incredible cardamom coffee flan. We only wished that the steak tartare was better seasoned and that the restaurant was heated more, it got pretty cold throughout the night. Will definitely come back!
  37. k

    kathleenc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steak tartare and burger a must ! Absolutely perfect
  38. AO

    AnnONymys

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Boat bar staff was wonderfully knowledgeable and helped us pick out the most amazing cocktails and appetizers! They gracefully accommodated us with a change to our reservation. Can't wait to go back!
  39. MV

    MadValleyRez

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is really excellent. The bay water sweet oysters with the champagne vinaigrette is fantastic. The burger will make your eyes roll back in your head. Their old fashioned and boulevardier cocktails are super tasty! Chicken-fried oysters=yum. And don’t forget the bread pudding with cream for dessert… holy lama, hallelujah! God I love this place. May I have my last meal on earth here. 🥃
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Ehhhh it was decent. Very salty food.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Boat Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 288 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Boat Bar

1060 East Union St., Seattle, WA 98122

Additional information

  • Cross street

    11th Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill / First Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, French, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Taylor Thornhill

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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